An 8 x 10 inch Prisme Fantasy Paint by Pebeo on canvas with gold leaf. The frame is an antique finished golden 3 1/2 inch wide wooden frame. This painting is one of my smaller pieces because I wanted to test out some new paint colors. I usually do a test piece on smaller canvases incase they do not turn out how I envision. I really enjoy the colors and flow of this one. It turned out just as I envisioned. As you can see from some of the close up photos, the paint has added some really interesting textures to the piece. I love playing with textures.
I’ll call it a new paint experiment success! Now to the next piece!
This week, I thought I would share some tips on restoring old paintings. My husband’s grandmother was a wonderful artist, but after many years of completing pieces, some get neglected. I found some pieces that especially spoke to me but were never really finished. After years of sitting around, they were pretty dirty too. This is especially useful if you like finding and fixing up garage sale, thrift store or flea market type items.
First, you must very carefully clean the piece. For these pieces, I just used water and a cloth. I wasn’t sure the media used, so I did not want to use something too harsh and destroy the piece. Be very careful cleaning with anything other than water.
Second, if you need it, find a frame that compliments the piece well. I usually try to find frames that have elements in the frame design that reflect elements from the piece itself.
Third, make sure to coat the painting in a protective sealer to help continue to preserve and protect it. There are all different types for different media and have matte or varnish finishes depending on how you want it to look. I use this brand.
Once the finish dries, go ahead and put the piece in the frame and assemble any other hardware to go with it. A good strong frame helps to keep the canvas from warping which can ruin paintings.
These are the three paintings I restored and hung in our house. They are beautiful Paula Pigott works!
36 x 12 inch stretched canvas with a 1 1/2 inch thick wooden frame that the canvas stretches over. It is a mixed media piece consisting of acrylic paint, broken and recycled glass, gold leafing, and a resin top coat. … Continue reading →
20 x 24 inch canvas framed with a three inch brown and golden picture frame. It is a mixed media piece consisting of oil paint and gold leafing. Completed March 29th, 2013. This piece is another experiment with oil paints … Continue reading →
24 x 30 inch stretched canvas with a 1 1/2 inch thick wooden frame that the canvas stretches over. It is a mixed media piece consisting of acrylic paint, broken glass, gold leafing, and a resin top coat. Completed March … Continue reading →
Each is a 12 x 12 inch stretched canvas, which is framed with a golden colored floating frames. Each piece sits back into the frame. They are mixed media pieces consisting of oil paint, gold leafing, thin metal wire, and … Continue reading →
11 x 14 inch canvas with a 1 3/8 inch white wooden frame. It is a mixed media piece consisting of textured gesso, acrylic paint and recycled glass. Completed November 16, 2012. This painting is an experimental piece using broken … Continue reading →
14 x 11 inch canvas with a 3 inch black and white custom painted frame. It is a gesso and acrylic mixed media piece with handmade magazine origami hearts and gold leafing. Completed October 2012. This is another completed piece … Continue reading →
36 x 12 inch stretched canvas with a 3/4 inch thick wooden frame that the canvas stretches over. It is a mixed media piece consisting of 3D fabric sculpture, gesso, and acrylic paint. Completed November 2, 2012. Bubbles is another … Continue reading →
20 x 24 inch canvas with a 1.25 inch white wooden frame. It is a mixed media piece consisting of 3D fabric sculpture, gesso, and acrylic paint. Completed September 28, 2012. This is another addition to the Study of Fabric … Continue reading →